SD at Turton
History (2Y6B)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020


About the course

Teacher Recruitment!

As a result of the unprecedented circumstances surrounding school closures, the SD at Turton programme has made some changes to its recruitment process:

  • UCAS is still open and is accepting applications for teacher training.

  • The SD at Turton team is still operational and can be contacted via our website / email -

  • Face to face interviews will be replaced with video / Skype / telephone interviews.

  • Written tasks normally completed on site will be sent out via email.

  • The interviewing panel have all been trained in Safer Recruitment and will continue to ensure rigorous guidelines are followed as part of the selection process.

We will continue to help your achieve your professional ambition to join this great profession and very much look forward to supporting you over the coming weeks and months.

Stay safe, stay positive!

How school placements work

Our programme differs from other, more traditional teacher training routes in that you are placed in a home school for the majority of your training. We discuss home school placements when you have accepted any offer we might make.

There is a university-based, week long summer school at the end of August prior to starting the course.

Your school-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by teachers invested in teacher education. We have found that being in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and get to know staff, pupils and your ITT Mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. A member of LJMU staff is attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support you and your mentor.

All trainees are entitled to weekly review and feedback meetings with their mentors and to tutorials with LJMU staff, ensuring that you are supported from start to finish, personally and professionally.

A 6 week placement will be undertaken in January in a complementary setting. The most striking difference is the university involvement. Liverpool John Moores University deliver the academic programme on site, at Turton School, on Wednesdays.

School based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by your Initial Teacher Training Mentor who will support your professional learning experience in school.

The course is delivered through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. We also make full use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

This programme is tightly focussed on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Your Personal Tutor will meet with you to monitor progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.

Your ITT Mentor will organise and supervise your school-based training and will in turn be supported by an LJMU Tutor who will visit school several times during the year to support you.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Hardship bursaries may be available for some students, depending on individual circumstances.

A contribution towards travel to school placements may be made in some circumstances.



You should have or expect to achieve an Undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent) in a History related discipline normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)
  • Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have a passion for History and wish to share their passion with young people. You should have a genuine belief that education transforms life chances and want to make a positive difference to young people and to their communities.

We want to work with committed people who want to develop a critical understanding of educational research, theory and practice.

At interview we hope to see your enthusiasm along with evidence of some experiences which have informed your decision to become a teacher.

Other requirements

If you are selected for interview you will be required to sit provider led tests on the day.

You will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.

About the training provider

We are an innovative, school led primary and secondary teacher-training programme designed and formed through a strategic partnership between Turton School and our extensive network of partnership schools across the North West. This one year PGCE with QTS will give you 60 credits towards a Master’s Degree. Our programme offers you the opportunity to carry out the majority of your training in school.

We are delighted to be working with our accrediting university partner, Liverpool John Moores University who support our aims of working creatively and flexibly with you, to provide the highest quality training.

In 2018 – 2019 we trained 44 people across primary and secondary PGCE with QTS programmes.

95% of our trainees were graded good or outstanding at the end of their training in 2019.

93% of trainees were in employment before the end of their training year.

Our vision is to ensure that you are prepared for the challenges of the classroom and well-equipped to benefit students in the schools in which you will train. We will work collaboratively and proactively with you to achieve high quality teaching and learning.

You will train in your Home School four days per week and attend our training centre at Turton School (Bolton) on one day for lectures delivered by LJMU staff, followed by workshops and subject knowledge development sessions. You will explore subject pedagogy with subject specialists working as leaders of learning in schools across our primary and secondary partnership.

About the accredited body

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has a long established reputation for providing high quality Teacher Training, working in close Partnership with over 300 committed, welcoming and diverse schools across the North West.

Our academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date training during your course.

School-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by mentors. Shorter placements are also provided in contrasting school settings. This variety ensures that our students can confidently plan, teach and manage learning in different settings and socio-economic contexts.

Training with disabilities and other needs

School Direct at Turton and LJMU are committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer.

The Disability Advice Team at LJMU will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you’ll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165.

The LJMU disability team are able to advise you on the services and support available to you. The Disability Advice Team work with you throughout the induction process to make sure that you receive personalised support. They will help you access the support that you need.

As a disabled student you may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). The DSA is a grant that will help you meet the extra course costs you may face as a direct result of your disability, an ongoing health condition, a mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty.

To find out if you are eligible for DSA or to find out how much funding you could receive as part of your DSA, please visit the government Disabled Students’ Allowance webpages.

Trainee teachers on our programme have accessed a number of services provided by Liverpool John Moores University including support for hearing impairment and a range of physical impairments.

Contact details

01204 333233
Bromley Cross Road
Bromley Cross


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